From the outside, this hotel looks a little severe - grey stone with little in the way of decoration or embellishment. Its also on a busy corner, with (as you would expect so near major tourists attractions) lots of fellow travellers walking from the Uffizi to Santa Croce. Inside the door, its more peaceful, with a well staffed reception, lobby and bar. Rooms in the main hotel are traditional in style, to reflect the history of the building. Rooms in a rear extension (on the first floor) are "tuscan" in design. The breakfast room is in a large double height room, with excellent friendly staff, at hand to bring tea and coffee. Lots of fresh fruit, meats, cheeses, pastries, rolls, salad, juices, cereals and yoghurts - as well as eggs and bacon. The toaster may take a day or two to comprehend ...!
The hotel was spotless, although at the time of our visit, we noticed problems with the sewer drains outside the hotel.
We stayed on the tuscan floor - some days fruit and drinks were provided in the special lobby, and the rooms are decorated with a rustic feel. Rooms either look out onto the street, or on internal small light-wells. The former gives you more of a view, but with the street noise. Our first floor room was a little dim, even on sunny days - and the air conditioning is very efficient.
Free wifi and a complementary bottle of water each day are good touches. There is also access to a rooftop hot tub, and ground floor restaurant.
September is a busy month for Firenze - and the price of the hotel reflects the high demand - although longer stays attract a 40% discount.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Originally a 15th century “Palazzo”, the Hotel Bernini is built according to the Classic Florentine architectural style, with string-course cornices along the walls and wooden shutters giving it a charming antique flavor. The Bernini Palace is located in Florence’s historic center, right behind Piazza della Signoria - just a stone’s throw from the Uffizi and Florence’s main historical attractions. The rooms are 74, Classic, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite and Suite, all are fitted out with the best, most up-to-date mod-cons and still preserve the charm of the past. The Tuscan Floor is reminiscent of old world Tuscan colours and themes, very warm and inviting. The new restaurant La Chiostrina is located in a historical courtyard of the hotel, it is the ideal place for delicious gastronimic specialities in Florence, its versatility makes it an excellent restaurant offering an innovative menu. A full breakfast is served in the magnificent Sala Parlamento (complete with a splendid frescoed ceiling) formerly a meeting place for members of Parliament and Senators of the Kingdom of Italy ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bernini Palace By Baglioni Hotel